for me, it has never been hard for me to choose which "side" i am on. to tell you the truth, i dont even recognize that there are sides.
i believe in life. period. end of story. therefore, the legality of abortion isn't a question to me. it is wrong. i believe it should be illegal as it is murder. i believe life starts at conception.
my beliefs are strong, but if they weren't enough, watching ashley's pregnancy affirmed to me the fact that she was growing a child, not a fetus, inside of her. with all of her complications, she had the unique experience of getting almost weekly views inside her body to watch little rhett form. at 24 weeks, rhett could have survived outside of her womb. how amazing is that?
to say that it is an issue to allow women the right to choose, the right to "reproductive freedom" is a complete scam to me. when a woman chooses to have sex, she must accept the consequences. that's where her choice is. if she doesn't want a child, then she has the responsibility to take precautions to prevent that. it is a life. she couldn't kill it once it was born - at least not without consequences. why should she be allowed then?
there are plenty of options out there- adoption, help, etc. i am a huge supporter of adoption, and grateful for the three women who choose to put their child up for adoption instead of abortion, thereby allowing me to have two wonderful brothers and a precious sister.
and to the women who have had abortions, i believe that in Christ there is forgiveness and love and hope.
this may seem strong, but it is only a glimpse of how strongly i feel about it.
i encourage you watch this video by john piper and check out the links below.
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For further reading, check out the following articles:
"We must guard against the reverse blind spot of the pro-abortion people. They talk much about compassion to women in crisis pregnancies and about the pain of being an unwanted child. But they do not talk about the pain, the indignity, the injustice, the brutality done against the unborn in abortion. And one of their primary defenses against the pro-life efforts is to say that we talk a lot about compassion to the unborn but show little concern for mothers in crisis or unwanted children after birth. To which I respond: let's not have this blind spot. Let's not be imbalanced. Let's admit (on both sides of the issue) how imperfect we are. But let's keep the ledger straight...Restricting the right of doctors and mothers to kill unborn children will not result in greater misery for those children. When the heart of a nation is willing to kill its unborn children to avoid having to care for them, it is hard to imagine this heart being willing to care for them. But if the heart of the nation could be turned so that it was no longer willing to kill its unborn children, then it is not so hard to imagine that this heart could care for them." (from http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/kingdom-compassion-and-the-killing-of-children)
"For example, are you willing to explain why a baby's right not to be killed is less important than a woman's right not to be pregnant? Or are you willing to explain why most cities have laws forbidding cruelty to animals, but you oppose laws forbidding cruelty to human fetuses? Are they not at least living animals? Or are you willing to explain why government is unwilling to take away the so-called right to abortion on demand even though it harms the unborn child; yet government is increasingly willing to take away the right to smoke, precisely because it harms innocent non-smokers, killing 3,000 non-smokers a year from cancer and as many as 40,000 non-smokers a year from other diseases? And if you say that everything hangs on whether the fetus is a human child, are you willing to go before national television in the oval office and defend your support for the "Freedom of Choice Act" by holding in your hand a 21 week old fetus and explaining why this little one does not have the fundamental, moral, and constitutional right to life? Are you willing to say to parents in this church who lost a child at that age and held him in their hands, this being in your hands is not and was not a child with any rights of its own under God or under law?" (from http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/being-pro-life-christians-under-a-pro-choice-president)
"God is calling us in this verse—he is calling all Christians—to expose the dark and fruitless work of abortion . . .
"With regard to peaceful rescuing I stand where I did three years ago: It is not a crime to trespass to save human life. If a child is choking on a toy in his back yard surrounded by a fence that says, KEEP OUT, NO TRESPASSING, it is not a sin or a crime to jump the fence and try to save the child. If a child is trapped in the second story of a burning home, it is not a sin or a crime to put a ladder to the window and enter without permission to save that child. If a blind child is trapped in the median of a busy street and about to step into traffic, it is not a sin or a crime to cross the street and guide him to safety even if the sign says, “Cross only at crosswalk”. If a child is drowning in a lake where the sign says, “No swimming” it is not a sin or a crime to rush into the water and rescue him." (from http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/taste-see-articles/abortion-rescuing-and-your-action)
Fifteen Pro Life Truths- http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/taste-see-articles/fifteen-pro-life-truths-to-speak
(WARNING- GRAPHIC) Here is a video of an abortion being performed- http://www.abortionno.org/
Extensive listing of further reading: http://www.abortionno.org/index.php/site/abortion-related_articles
Here are some chilling facts on abortion and its wide spread destruction on our future generations: http://www.abort73.com/abortion_facts/us_abortion_statistics/